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How to Stay Warm Without Turning on the Heat

A homeowner sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of coffee.

Fall is officially here! As the weather finally starts to cool down, many of us are still hesitant to turn on the heat until the colder parts of winter. However, there are still some chilly fall nights where we want to bundle up and throw our fuzzy socks on.

In this blog, you’ll learn about some tips for fall that can help you stay warm without cranking up the heat and can ultimately save you some money on your utility bills. Keep on reading to find out!

Seal Windows

The last thing you need as the weather gets chillier is an unwanted breeze throughout your home. Go around your house and seal any cracks in your windows or doors. This will prevent drafts from coming through.

Pro tip: Caulk or weather stripping will work just fine!

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

You might not think of using a fan during the cooler months because fans are often used to cool down a room, but reversing the direction of your ceiling fan to a clockwise direction will actually push the warm air that rises down toward the floor. This is one of the simplest ways to feel a bit warmer in your home without turning on your heat.

Layer Up

Whether it’s a sweatshirt, sweatpants, thick socks, or your favorite cozy sweater, adding a few layers of clothing on a chilly day at home is one of the best (and most comfortable) ways to warm up. Throw on those fuzzy socks and a big sweater and you’ll instantly feel warmer.

Go Upstairs

We all know heat rises, hence why in the summer, upper levels of homes and buildings tend to feel warmer. During fall, try spending more time upstairs if you have multiple floors in your home. You can even move your home office space upstairs if your upper level allows for it!

Wear Slippers Around the House

Making sure your feet are warm will make your entire body feel warmer. If you have cozy slippers, try wearing them throughout the day or buy an inexpensive pair from your local clothing store. Slippers are especially helpful if you have colder floors made of tile or hardwood.

Drink Hot Beverages

On a chilly morning, there’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee or tea to warm you (and your hands!) up. Whether it’s coffee, tea, hot apple cider, or hot cocoa, keep your favorite warm beverages on hand when you’re feeling cold on a chilly fall day.

Use Your Stove and Oven More Often

It’s no surprise that your stove and oven produce heat, which is why many people leave cooking and baking to the colder months of the year rather than the summer. During the chillier months, try cooking more often using your stove and oven to produce heat throughout your home. This will also save you money on those takeout bills!

Make Some Homemade Soup

Along with using your stove and oven more, whip up your grandma’s favorite soup recipe to help you feel warm from the inside out! Letting a pot of soup simmer on the stove for a few hours will generate heat through your kitchen and will also give you that homemade feeling that everyone loves.

Buy an Electric Blanket

Investing in an electric blanket is a great way to make you feel like your heat is on! Instead of turning on the heat while you’re watching a movie on your couch, wrap an electric blanket around you that is set to your heating preference. Most electric blankets have timers on them where you can set your preferred heating setting that will turn off automatically after a certain amount of time, ensuring optimal safety while using the blanket.

Once you’ve tried these tips, the next best thing you can do is schedule your seasonal heating maintenance appointment with Hedrick's Service Now. That way, when it’s time to use your heat, your system will be prepared and any issues it has will be fixed just in time for the colder months. Give us a call today at (214) 509-6029 to schedule your appointment or fill out our online contact form to get started.

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